From the Chaplain – Our College Values: Hope
Here at Junior School, we have been exploring our College value Hope. Hope can mean so many things in our world now – we hope it doesn’t rain, even though the radar looks colourful…we are hopeful to win a footy game…yet we have no control over the conditions, the other team or the players. We hope for all of these things, however we have no guarantee that any of them will or will not happen, it can be a bit like ‘crossing fingers.’ This is different to the hope that is spoken of in the Bible.
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Unlike our use of ‘hope’ in our world now, the Greek word for hope which is found in the Bible is ‘elpizo’, meaning to wait for something with great joy and full confidence. Biblical hope, the hope spoken of in Romans 15:13, is not just the ‘waiting with fingers crossed that something may happen’ kind of hope, but a confident expectation that we can rely on God’s character that is good and loving. As our College value explains, hope is to ‘move forward with assurance, regardless of circumstances’, not because of what we can do, but because of the hope as we look towards God who created us.
East Timor Independence Day
Junior School was a vision of red, black, yellow and white today as students and staff observed East Timor’s Independence Day. On May 20th, 2002, East Timor became an independent nation and since this time, Australia has played an important role in helping East Timor to develop as a nation. Christian College has a wonderful relationship with a community in Viqueque with staff and friends of CCG regularly visiting and supporting the school and local community. Today Junior School students’ donations will help to build a kindergarten in the small rural community of Buikarin for the 128 enrolled children and 3 teaching staff. Currently there is a single room for the 128 children measuring 6 x 8 metres.
Year 3 and 4 students and staff took part in a special service to recognise East Timor Independence Day. Led by the Year 4 Student Leaders, the service also included a visit by Mr Graham Barton from Middle School, who answered thoughtful student questions and provided a real insight into life in Viqueque.
Junior School students physically built a kindergarten today, sticking a brick to visually understand and recognise what their gold coin donation will be supporting. We thank our community for your generosity in our East Timor Buikarin Kindergarten appeal today and look forward to sharing progress in the development of the building in Buikarin.
What’s on at Junior School
Wednesday May 24 – National Simultaneous story time – ‘The Speedy Sloth’
Wednesday May 24 – Prep Discovery Learning
Thursday May 25 – Pupil Free Day
Friday May 26 – Commencement of Reconciliation Week: 26 May – 3 June
Friday May 26 – Reconciliation Assembly, 4B Class Item
Monday May 29 – Arthur Reed Photos, Individual and Class (Please refer to EdSmart)
Thursday June 1 – Emergency and lockdown drills
Wednesday June 7 – Prep Discovery Learning
Friday June 9 – Assembly, 2B Class Item
Monday June 12 – Kings Birthday Public Holiday
Thursday June 15 – Instrumental Performance Evening, R.W. Gibson Centre, 6pm
Friday June 16 – Year 1 Excursion, Geelong Botanical Gardens
Arthur Reed Photos
Arthur Reed Photographers will visit Junior School on Monday May 29 to take class photos and individual portraits. Uniform requirements are as follows:
If wearing the traditional/previous uniform students are required to wear full College winter uniform. For boys- trousers, long sleeve shirt tucked in, tie and jumper. For girls- kilt, navy tights, long sleeved shirt tucked in, tie and jumper.
If wearing the new College wardrobe students may mix and match items based on comfort and weather conditions. Reminder that if wearing the long sleeve shirt, a tie is required. (Please see the Parent Portal Student Information tile for further information regarding the new College wardrobe.)
*Please note uniform items cannot be mixed and matched between the previous College uniform and the new wardrobe.
Other uniform reminders include: shoulder length hair being tied back, hair cut neatly, navy blue or maroon ribbons only, small gold or silver, sleeper/stud single piercings.
Special Note: Prep and Year 4 students who will have their Physical Education lesson on this day are not required to bring along their sports uniform. Instead, please send along runners for students to change into for their Phys Ed session.
A note on glasses – All students who wear glasses will receive individual portraits with glasses on. However, to enable the photographers to provide the best possible quality shot, your young person may be asked to briefly remove their glasses.
Thank you for your support with this.
Fractions in Year 2
During our Maths sessions on Fractions this week the Year 2 students have been investigating and learning about fractions of a whole. The students have had exposure to a range of hands-on mathematical activities to explore and consolidate their understandings of fractions and how we use them in everyday life.
The students have explored many real-life objects, such as fruit, cake, pizza, and chocolate bars and learnt how we can divide these items into equal sections to create fractions such as 1/4, 1/2 and 1/8, whilst some students went on further to explore 1/3 and 1/5.
This week Year 2 students were given the choice of designing and creating either a fraction pizza or a fraction cake. Students explored how a pizza or cake could be divided into an equal number of slices and how the number of slices can vary. We also investigated how greater numbers of slices of a pizza or cake mean the fractions that each piece represents are smaller.
The students were very engaged in this task and used a collection of different craft resources which allowed them to be creative in conjuring up a variety of pizza and cake flavours, whilst allocating a range of fraction amounts.
Next week we will further our understandings of fractions as we move into calculating fractions of collections, using prior knowledge from our new learnings this term.
Ancient Rome in Year 3
This term, the Year 3 students are participating in the Content Knowledge Unit, Ancient Rome. So far, we have learnt about the geographical location of Ancient Rome and the important waterways and landscape formations surrounding this region, and how these were vital for survival.
We have made connections with Ancient Greece and identified similarities such as polytheism (worshipping many Gods) and their government hierarchy. The students have continued to develop their understanding and use of their core knowledge vocabulary through whole class discussions and written responses.
This week we are learning more about how the Roman Empire expanded and how they fought and won many wars. It was also interesting learning about how our modern English language was influenced by Latin due to this expansion in ancient times.
We look forward to sharing more of our learning as the term progresses.
A Splash of Colour
Our focus this term is paint and colour.
Students have been busy exploring colour blending and they have used watercolours, acrylic paints and paint pens enthusiastically to create art works. As a result, there is a keenness to develop skills needed to achieve blending colours and creating texture.
Students have also been given an opportunity to use these acquired skills to collaborate and design a mural on one of the walls to the playground cubbies.
The bright paint is now glinting as the days become cooler and the sky a little grey.
Although the mural is a work in progress there has been great positivity and curiosity from students as they watch it continue to become more colourful with the addition of more paint.
Below are some progress photos with more to come in the future.
Thank you to all the students and parent helper Mrs Keleman, for the creative work so far.
ChatGPT, Generative AI and Young People
Information and guidance for parents
Parents may be aware of the news and hype around recent developments in generative AI (artificial intelligence), especially the digital tool ChatGPT that launched in November last year. ChatGPT reached a million users in five days, and by January of this year had 13 million daily users.
By typing in a specific prompt, a person can ask ChatGPT to produce a written response and it will create it in seconds. It can produce emails, poems, song lyrics, speeches, reviews, recipes, stories, social media posts, working program code, and academic essays and reports. It can analyse text and code, and offer advice on improvements, corrections, and alternative approaches for just about any written text.
ChatGPT facilitates a chat-based conversation between the person and the AI chatbot that produces the output, allowing for questions, refinements, and iterations on the original output until the resultant text suits the intentions of the user.
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A MYTERN Thought for This Week
When you are on a rough road, people often tell you to get a grip and drive on.
Try not to judge yourself harshly if that feels too hard.
Sometimes it's not as simple as just shaking it off and moving on.
Slow down, take a deep breath and know that no road lasts forever 🙏❤️
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